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Hero Down: San Antonio Police Officer David Evans Succumbs To Complications Of 20-Year-Old Gunshot Wounds

San Antonio, TX – San Antonio Police Department (SAPD) Officer David “Pigme” Evans died in the line of duty on Feb. 25 due to complications from gunshot wounds he suffered in 2002.

A gunman shot Officer Evans and three of his fellow officers on Jan. 3, 2002, after they responded to a report of a domestic disturbance in the area of Perrin Beitel and NE Loop 410 at approximately 3:30 a.m., according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.

Officer Evans and his partner found a male and a female arguing at the scene and were able to diffuse the situation, according to police.

They told the male to leave the area, at which point the female advised them that the male suspect had a gun in his trunk.

That’s when the male suspect abruptly turned and punched Officer Evans’ partner in the face, breaking his jaw, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.

The suspect, a convicted felon, grabbed the injured officer’s gun and opened fire on Officer Evans, shooting him in the stomach, chest and arm.

The suspect then stole Officer Evans’ duty weapon and proceeded to shoot Officer Evans’ partner in the back.

Officer Evans was able to drag himself outside the building where the attack occurred and warned additional officers responding to the scene that the suspect was inside with a gun, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.

The suspect came outside and opened fire on two more officers, hitting both of them in their necks.

One of the wounded officers was able to return fire, killing the gunman, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.

All four officers survived the attack.

Officer Evans, who had 30 years on the job at the time of the shooting, returned to work and put in five more years before retiring, WOAI reported.

“I loved being a San Antonio police officer,” he told the news outlet in 2016.

Officer Evans, 70, succumbed to complications of his gunshot wounds on Feb. 25, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.

The longtime officer “had a golden heart and shining sense of humor to match,” his obituary read. “He was often found with a smile, and open hand to all those he came across.”

His family said he “took great pride in putting the needs of his city before his own.”

Officer Evans leaves behind his wife, Elizabeth, as well as his children, Jennifer, Jeffrey, and Julie, according to his obituary.

He is also survived by 15 grandchildren, five brothers, two sisters, his extended family, “a lifetime of friends,” and his brothers and sisters in law enforcement, the tribute read.

Officer Evans was laid to rest on March 22.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of San Antonio Police Department Officer David “Pigme” Evans, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Officer David Evans, your life mattered.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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